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ALAMO CITY DJ SINGER PASSES INTO THE NIGHT Former San Antonio, TX radio personality Soul singer Mel Waiters passes away from cancer at 58 on Thursday morning, May 28, 2015. Mel polishes his voice in both the church choir and beginning in the early 1970s in nightclubs. Waiters is a DJ on KEDA-1540 San Antonio, TX and later on KAPE-1550 Cape Girardeau, MO. He performs on famed Mississippi recording label Malaco Records, plus is popular for years in the Blues festival and touring circuit across the south.
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HOUSTON, TX DEALS WITH MASSIVE FLOODS After a monster Memorial Day weekend storm floods Houston, TX state Governor Greg Abbott calls for state of emergency in 24 counties. KHOU TV reports outsiders who pick through trash that is left over from Memorial Day weekend storms irritate residents in local neighborhoods such as Meyerland. Bernadette Yim who tosses out her flood damaged furniture sighs: Our trash is their treasure. They create more of a mess and more work for us.
NBC MULLS WHAT TO DO WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS Brian Williams’ buddy, Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News, asks coworkers to think creatively about a new role for Williams. Maybe he can file news reports to try to regain viewers’ trust. Or he can exit NBC News’ glass doors altogether. If so, Brian Williams can make off with a huge chunk of his contract, which he signs at the end of 2014 for about $10 million a year for five years. A settlement might assure NBC that Williams won’t publicly criticize the network.
MILE HIGH SPORTS MOVES AGAIN A message on KDCO’s website reveals: Mile High Sports Radio is making changes! The new version of MHSR will be bigger and better than ever! In the coming days, we will be announcing where you’ll be able to find all of your favorite shows. After Marc Paskin’s Marco Broadcasting closes on its $875,000 purchase of KBUD-1550/K231BQ (KBUD) FM (94.1) Golden-Denver, CO from 4-K’s LLLP, they will soon reveal the new version of MHSR’s format.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the first American radio station to broadcast in stereo? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Buddy Sadler May 31st. Connell Miller, Joe Nick Patoski and John Davis June 6, 2015. •JOE LIGOTTI once on former Talk WTKK FM is new morning Talk host on WMEX-1510 Boston, MA. •ALPHA MEDIA buys 36 radio signals in eight markets from Morris Communications with a goal of 135 stations. •DANNY FONTANA former financial talk host on WBT-1110 Charlotte, VA and owner of WDYT-1220 dies at 65 in his home on Friday night, May 15, 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1956 MILTON BERLE SHOW last airs on NBC TV on June 5th. •1968 BRETT JAMES songwriter (Martina McBride’s Blessed) is born on June 5th in Oklahoma City, OK. •1977 SLEEPY JOHN ESTES Blues singer & guitarist dies at 74 on June 5th. •1980 JOHN TRAVOLTA’s movie Urban Cowboy premieres on June 5th. •1993 AEROSMITH’s Livin’ On The Edge hits #18 on June 5th. •2003 DWIGHT YOAKAM receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 5th days before the opening of his movie Hollywood Homicide.
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ROBERT MILLER [Eastern Michigan University Professor] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) My old man worked at KITE (970) as a news guy…got a bank robbery interview as it was happening. Got an AP award for that one. That was about 1964 or so. He also did a night show on WOAI (1200) late 50’s, worked KENS RADIO in 57 when Charlie Walker was just a DJ. He was working as news director at KTSA (550) prior to McClendon becoming owner. Did a lot of voice work for Claude Aniol Agency and VW for 5 states. He had great pipes. He was also an engineer and we had a studio at home. I came on scene around 66 in Uvalde and went to KBUC (106.3) when John Woody was ND. Did weekends as booth announcer at KONO TV and was there when KSAT took over. Did a year in the transit tower at KEEZ (now KJ 97). Sure do miss those days. It’s your (newsletter) that keeps them alive for me and the many others that can’t wait for the next edition of JRRR! Bob
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Jesse Kellam. Hi Jim, Jess Kellam coached the Lufkin Panthers from 1923 through 1930. You may also be interested to know that Jess Kellam was in the first group of five HS coaches who were inducted into the then new Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1960. Now you know. Jim Bell
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CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI – ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Will Sing In The Sunshine. I always like Gale Garnett, Will Sing In The Sunshine. I think it would be fun to have her with Crystal Gayle. I think their styles would complement each other in a program. I think for me it is the quality of the performance, and some maybe good but not fit with others, like I always found KPYK had a better continuity of sound compared to KAAM. But I actually listen more to 100.3-2. For country music I have been enjoying KGVL 1400. A local musician that is good at both Country and Jazz is Mark Deffebach. I have heard him with Dave Burris, LA Pompe, Blackland River Devils, and Jumpbilly Trio. I think Radio would be better if not having the same programming as Chicago, New York, Los Angeles but did more local programming. But I am not a professional broadcaster, only an amateur and an SWL. Radio for me is best when offering material not easily found elsewhere.
TRIVIA ANSWER: On June 1, 1961 FM stereo begins at 12:01 am when GE’s WGFM FM [now WRVE] (99.5) Schenectady, NY is the first FM radio station in the United States to broadcast in stereo. WGFM FM which previously simulcasts WGY-810 begins to air Classical music.
JRRR’S 11TH ANNIVERSARY Since May 24, 2004 JRRR brings you past trivia plus present news about radio and the entertainment industry.
JIM THOMAS [KDSX-1680 Sherman-Denison, KAAM-770 Dallas 80s, KBFB FM (97.9) and KDMX (102.9) Dallas 90s] (Dallas/Mesquite, TX) Subject: congratulated you on your work anniversary! “Congrats Jim, love your newsletter.”
BOB FULDAUER [Owner/Manager Turn To Productions] (Houston, TX) Subject: Bob Fuldauer congratulated you on your work anniversary!
JIM MCCURDY [ex KORQ FM DJ, KTAB-TV news anchor] (Austin-Cedar Park, TX) congratulated you on your work anniversary! “Congratulations Jim! Good stuff my man! Hope all is well with you? Jim”
ROBERT MILLER [Eastern Michigan University Professor] (Detroit/Plymouth, MI) congratulated you on your work anniversary! “Congrats!”
JOE FORD [KLDE-KNUZ-KILT] (Houston-Spring, TX) congratulated you on your work anniversary! “Congrats, Jim!”
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Baptized April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.
Jim Rose and Suzie
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